Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs


Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is a position of the United States government within the Department of State that heads the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, which is responsible for development of policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime. The current Assistant Secretary is Anne W. Patterson.

On October 1, 1978, Congress, in the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for fiscal Year 1979, authorized the position of Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters, to be responsible for the overall coordination of the role of the Department of State in the international aspects of narcotics problems. This title had been given in full in each appointee's commission. The new Assistant Secretary, who headed the Bureau for International Narcotics Matters, replaced a Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State on Narcotics, who had served with a rank equivalent to an Assistant Secretary of State since 1971. The Department of State first supported the Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Narcotics in 1909. The title of this position was changed from International Narcotics Matters to International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs on February 10, 1995.

External links

* [http://www.state.gov/p/inl/ www.state.gov Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs]
* [http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/po/12260.htm The Office of the Historian's list of former Assistant Secretaries]


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